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    About Takatu

    Takatu Lodge and Vineyard is managed by Joanne Anson, a qualified chef with a passion for food and hospitality.

    Joanne grew up in Warkworth, just a short distance away from Takatu Lodge, and spent most of her youth in the area.

    Joanne has returned to the Matakana region after many adventures in hospitality, travelling the world to share her passion. She has lived in London, Brighton and Melbourne, always returning back home to Russell to cook in its many restaurants.

    Joanne has been based in the beautiful Russell in the Bay of Islands for the past 30 years, raising her daughter and building her extensive knowledge of the local region. She has also travelled throughout New Zealand to appreciate and learn of regions further afield.

    During her time in Russell, Joanne has indulged in her passion of food and hospitality, working for 11 years at a five star lodge in the Bay of Islands, owning a property management business looking after private homes and gardens, and catering for special occasions for clients in their own homes.

    She has a successful Christmas cake company, and also makes jams and chutneys.

    Joanne loves baking, and breakfast is her favourite meal of the day - so guests of Takatu Lodge are sure to be impressed with her sumptuous dishes.

    “I am delighted to return to Matakana and re-discover the region. I feel that Takatu Lodge and Vineyard brings all of my life’s best experiences together in the one place.”

    Joanne Anson

    Manager of Takatu Lodge